Women Behind Bars

by  Tom Eyen

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 9f

"Sex is rampant and comically cheerful!... A delirious evening of Grade-A tomfoolery!"-The New York Times

"Hysterically, paradoxically, fascinatingly, diabolically funny!"-New York Daily News

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Women Behind Bars

by  Tom Eyen

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this hilarious satire on B-movies of the 1950's, Mary Eleanor, an innocent duped into crime, lands in the Greenwich Village Woman's House of Detention, presided over by a massive matron with a taste for sadism and female flesh as our heroine, now Caged in the Big House, learns about life The Hard Way.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Sex is rampant and comically cheerful!... A delirious evening of Grade-A tomfoolery! - The New York Times

"Hysterically, paradoxically, fascinatingly, diabolically funny!" - New York Daily News

FEE: $75 per performance.

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Women's House of Detention in Greenwich Village, USA. New Year's Eve 1952 to New Year's Eve 1959.

Casting

1m, 9f

THE MATRON - The evil that men are.
LOUISE - Everyone hates Louise including Louise.
BLANCHE - A butterfly waiting for her Streetcar.
JO-JO - Harlem's answer to Edward G. Robinson.
CHERI - The big blonde. Her morals were low, but her price was high.
GRANNY (SARAH LEE CROCKER) - The religious old lady with a chip on her tongue. (Also plays warden)
GLORIA - A real Camel girl. She'll walk a mile to the chair.
ADA - Too much speed has slowed her down.
GUADALUPE - San Juan's greatest export.
MARY-ELEANOR - The innocent destroyed by the system.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Tom Eyen

Tom Eyen

Women Behind Bars premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York CIty in May 1975 under the direction of Ron Link.

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